Goa EDMs in trouble for not paying arrears worth Crores

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 15 September 2015 14:37 IST

Goa’s most famous Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals are in trouble, for not paying arrears of last three years, running into crores of rupees.

The police department has put its foot down, making it amply clear that it would not allow both the EDMs to take place, unless they pay the arrears of over Rs two crore.

Over 20,000 to 50,000 music lovers throng every day to attend the 4-day EDMs – Sunburn in Vagator and Supersonic in Candolim – both in North Goa.

Due to uncontrollable traffic congestion at peak hours since afternoon, Goa police has also requested the authorities to shift one of the events to South Goa.

“We cannot allow the festivals to take place unless our arrears are paid”, said Umesh Gaonkar, North Goa Superintendent of Police.

Though the festivals take place on the northern coast of Bardez taluka, he said they have to deploy the police right from the capital city of Panaji and the twin city of Mapusa to the venues.

Not less than 600 policemen are deployed, including officers, from morning till midnight for traffic arrangement as well as security, from 27 to 30 December.

Not that the EDM organisers have not paid at all, but they have refused to pay the full amount, claiming they are charged exorbitantly.

“But we are helpless. We have charged as per the notification and now there are audit objections raised for non-payment of arrears”, said SP Gaonkar.

Goa’s peak tourist season is the last week of December, during Christmas and New Year, when lakhs of tourists from all over the world spread all along the northern coastal belt.

The EDMs also take place in the same belt.

While authorities have still not finalised the venues and permissions are yet to be granted, tickets of Supersonic – from 6 to 11 pm – are already sold out. The tickets vary between Rs 1000 to Rs 8750.

Sunburn, which is held from morning till 11 pm, has also announced the same venue with few tickets remaining to be sold. Their tickets vary between Rs 9000 to Rs 17,000.

The tourism department is yet to decide whether one EDM should be allowed to be shifted to South Goa. 

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Dhanda hai bhai dhanda hai yeh! Is there any hafta paid apart from the arrears as shown in bollywood movies ?

- Goan, Goa | 15 th September 2015 18:53

 

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